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Nippon Molding providing the next generation of packaging

Article - June 23, 2023

The number-one egg tray manufacturer in Japan, Nippon Molding is providing sustainable solutions as the packaging industry bids to reduce its use of plastic.

“One of our goals is to achieve a sustainable society.”

Akira Ishihara, President, Nippon Molding Co., Ltd. (right), Takehiro Ishihara, Managing Director (left)

Founded in 1956, Nippon Molding is a sustainability-focused company that specializes in the manufacture of pulp mold egg trays for the poultry industry, as well as similar packaging for products such as fruit and vegetables.

As Japan seeks to cut back on its plastic waste generation, Nippon Molding’s trays are supporting this drive. “Pulp mold is a molded paper product made by mixing recycled paper containing plant fibers with water, meaning that it's 100% eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable, and is a good alternative to conventional plastic products,” President Akira Ishihara says. “It’s a good contribution to society.”

As part of its commitment to promoting the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, Nippon Molding also plays a role in ensuring food supply. “Our trays actually extend the life of fruit and vegetables and other products by maintaining their features, such as freshness and hardness or softness,” Mr. Ishihara notes.

Among Nippon Molding’s bestsellers is the LOGIPALE transportation pallet, which typifies the firm’s dedication to creating trays that protect not only the products they carry, but also the environment. “Companies usually use plastic, which transmits vibration to the products being shipped, but our pallets absorb those vibrations,” Managing Director Takehiro Ishihara explains. “They’re made from molded pulp and cardboard, which is also highly recyclable.”

A company that already boasts partnerships in Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico, Nippon Molding is looking to add to its international presence. “Whilst we’re focused primarily on domestic demand, we’re also putting out feelers around Southeast Asian countries, since they're geographically close,” Takehiro Ishihara says. “We’re also pursuing certification that will make our products more attractive in overseas markets.”